Pearl party for home’s anniversary

We marked the 30th anniversary of Whitecliffe House in Blandford with the planting of a rose pearl bush in the middle pot shown. On hand to help are, from left: Companionship team leader Debbie Easter, resident Lois Ramsden, Home Manager Chris Lee, Colten Care’s Executive Chairman Ian Hudson, Whitecliffe gardener Joanne Barker and Operations Manager Peter Doyle.
We marked the 30th anniversary of Whitecliffe House in Blandford with the planting of a rose pearl bush in the middle pot shown. On hand to help are, from left: Companionship team leader Debbie Easter, resident Lois Ramsden, Home Manager Chris Lee, Colten Care’s Executive Chairman Ian Hudson, Whitecliffe gardener Joanne Barker and Operations Manager Peter Doyle.

Residents and team members at Whitecliffe House in Blandford chose a traditional pearl theme to celebrate the home’s 30th anniversary in style.

They marked the occasion by planting a rose pearl bush in the garden and staging a party with pearl-inspired table decorations and gifts.

As well as sampling a home-baked anniversary cake with sugar pearl balls, the fun included a high tea and a residents’ choir performing popular tunes including Singing in the Rain.

Donning yellow hats and umbrellas to mimic the famous street scene in the musical, the resident singers were conducted by our Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard.

And they were accompanied on the piano by fellow musician and Companionship team member Caroline Pugh.

Our Executive Chairman Ian Hudson and the Operations Manager for Whitecliffe House, Peter Doyle, joined in the festivities and, along with resident Lois Ramsden, helped to plant the pearl rose outside.

Lois said: “Whitecliffe house has a lovely feeling about it, nothing is too much trouble for the staff. We are one big happy family, very kind to each other. I have been here for two years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I feel very lucky.”

Other guests at the party included three members of staff with 52 years’ service between them.

Healthcare Assistants Cheryl Jay and Bernadette Stayner have worked at the home for 17 and 21 years respectively while Domestic Assistant Pat Johnson has been there for 16. The trio were presented with bouquets of flowers in recognition.

Thirtieth anniversaries have traditionally been represented by pearls, symbolising beauty from within and the strong bond required to sustain a long-standing relationship.

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